Daido Moriyama, 1938 Japan

Daido Moriyama is a Japanese photographer noted for his images depicting the breakdown of traditional values in post-war Japan.

 

His photography showed the darker sides of urban life and the less-seen parts of cities. In them, he attempted to show how life in certain areas was being left behind the other industrialised parts.

 

Though not exclusively, Moriyama predominantly takes high contrast, grainy, black and white photographs within the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, often shot from odd angles.

 

Moriyama’s photography has been influenced by Seiryu InoueShomei Tomatsu, William Klein, Andy Warhol, Eikoh Hosoe, the Japanese writerYukio Mishima, the dramatist Shuji Terayama and Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

 

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